The Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club has $500 scholarships available to students planning on attending college in the fall.
The funds are awarded to candidates living in the 24060 zip code who have applied to college, including NRV Community College.
The application form is available on the club’s Facebook page. It highlights the characteristics the club is looking for, including, in addition to grades, community volunteer work.
Each year the club awards five or six scholarships and invites the winners to a dinner meeting. The winners then have a chance to share what they are doing in the community.
This attention to community volunteer work sets the Ruritan scholarships apart from typical scholarship programs. The Ruritans know many teens are already contributing to the community by volunteering at food banks, or giving of their time for activity with children or the elderly. Not all good works count toward consideration for the scholarships. For instance, effort limited to a teen’s own family does not count.
COVID-19 may have disrupted volunteering activities, so club members will be looking at the history of volunteering over a high school career.
For any questions, contact Wendy Baldwin at 646.352.3936.
The Mt. Tabor Ruritans are hoping that in this year of disrupted schooling, students are still thinking about the excitement of going to college. Someone may have already graduated from high school and are heading to college after a “gap year.” That is okay for scholarship consideration.
The club stands ready and willing to help out some with college expenses, which can be burdensome for both students and the family.